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In the early 1960s, Malcolm Browne, seen at right meeting with a group of monks, was a reporter in the Associated Press’s Saigon bureau. His work, and the work of colleagues David Halberstam, Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett, and Horst Faas reporting on the early years of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, is the subject of a new documentary, “Dateline-Saigon.”

The Arts

‘Dateline-Saigon’ to be shown at Next Stage

Tickets are $12, on sale in advance and at the door. Next Stage will have a beer and wine cash bar, and those attending the film can get a 20 percent discount on their entrée at The Gleanery, with a reservation at 802-387-3052.

PUTNEY—Next Stage Arts Project, 15 Kimball Hill, will present the original film Dateline-Saigon, part of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Vermont Tour, as part of its [FRAMED] film series on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.

Award-winning Dateline-Saigon tells the story of five young journalists whose courageous reporting during the early years of the Vietnam War in the face of fierce opposition — and worse — from our government is uncannily relevant to challenges journalists face today.

Dateline-Saigon profiles five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists — The New York Times’s David Halberstam; The Associated Press’s Malcolm Browne, Peter Arnett, and legendary photojournalist Horst Faas; and United Press International’s Neil Sheehan.

Narrated by Sam Waterston, Dateline-Saigon has all the drama and high stakes of All the President’s Men and the tragedy and romance of The Quiet American. There will be a hosted discussion after the film.

Dateline-Saigon is written and directed by Thomas Herman, and produced by Good Neighbor Productions in association with Northern Light Productions.

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival ( is a juried competition dedicated to the work of first and second time filmmakers. Jay Craven is the Artistic Director.

In addition to its annual summer Festival, MNFF has also created the MNFF Vermont Tour that takes some of its best feature films from the August event to six geographically diverse venues around the state the following February. This highly popular initiative allows the Festival to raise awareness for the filmmakers involved and for MNFF itself.

[FRAMED] is a presentation by Next Stage Arts Project. Conceived in collaboration with former Tribeca Film Festival director Nancy Schafer, the series showcases feature-length documentary films, each presented by the filmmaker or star in an intimate setting at Next Stage.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #496 (Wednesday, February 6, 2019). This story appeared on page B3.

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